This is the oldest hotel in Hebden Bridge. The date on a stone over the door says 1657. Franz Liszt, the Hungarian composer stayed here in 1840. Most of the building has been renovated over the years but some of the rear windows are believed to be original.
I didn’t have anything to eat when I visited but the food menu looked very good. The menu has sandwiches and main meals with a children’s menu also available.
12pm till 9pm Monday to Saturday.
12pm till 8pm Sundays.
The hotel also does weddings and funerals.
This bridge dates back to 1510. There was a wooden bridge that crossed the river here a lot earlier. This stone bridge was built as a packhorse route between Lancashire and Yorkshire to transport stuff such as coal and wool. There are four alcoves on the bridge that allowed people crossing the bridge to stand back to let the horses pass.
The third arch in the bridge is an overflow arch to help prevent flooding.
Two inscription stones built into the bridge indicate that there were repairs to the bridge in 1602 and 1657.
Ducks gather beside the bridge looking for bread and other treats that children and adults throw for them. there are a couple of places to sit and rest a while whilst watching the birds scramble for food.
The little theatre is an amateur company run by volunteers. It hosts five productions a year and the theatre is also used by local groups.
The Christmas production this year is to be “A Christmas carol” from December 3-8
The picture house seats 493 people. As well as films it hosts concerts and other live events.
The picture house was first opened in 1921. The local council bought the building in the late 60’s when it was in danger of being turned into a retail shop. In 1973 it was refurbished and half of the seats were removed.
Well, 09:00 may be a little early to hit a brewery, but this one is worth a visit at any time of the day!!
With great views over the Calder Valley and the town of Hebden Bridge, the Little Valley Brewery sits surrounded by beautiful moorland. Operated by a husband and wife team, they brew a wide selection of beers which are brewed with organic ingredients and soft Yorkshire water which is sourced from the Pennines.
Visit the brewery and you will get to taste from their selection of hand-crafted beers which are brewed to high standards. Little Valley Brewery is also approved by the Soil Association as well as the Vegan Society and use Fairtrade ingredients in their Ginger Pale Ale.
Included in their brew selections are :
Withens Pale Ale (3.9% abv) - a light and bright ale which uses floral Cascade hops and hints of spice, orange and citrus which gives it a delicious, dry bitter finish.
Ginger Pale Ale (4.0% abv) - a light, fresh ales with ginger and citrus which goes well as an aperitif or accompaniment to spicy meal.
Cragg Vale Bitter (4.2% abv) - a rich, red-brown ale with full, rounded, malty body which uses Challenger and Goldings hops to give a beer which is crisp and fruity.
Hebden's Wheat (4.5% abv) - Little Valley's own Belgian styled wheat beer which is fruity and refreshing; light in colour with hints of lemon and coriander this beer won the Silver Award in the Speciality Section of the CAMRA Beer Festival in 2007.
Stoodley Stout (4.8% abv) - a righ, dark stout with contains chocolate and crystal malt wich is mixed with oats and wheat to give a rich, creamy, roasted flavour with notes of orange and citrus.
Tool's Blonde (5.0% abv) - a bright, yellow, blonde ale with a malty taste and smooth bitter finish.
Moor Ale (5.5% abv) - a special ale dedicated to the Yorkshire Moors; red-brown in colour is has a full-bodied taste with hints of heather and peat malt.
Python IPA (6.0% abv) - this straw-coloured double-hopped IPA provides a strong, malty taste, balancing between hops and bitterness.
Little Valley Brewery has monthly specials, so check out their deals!
BREWERY SHOP OPEN :
Monday to Friday : 09:00am - 17:00
I loved the nostalgic station when I travelled by train to and from Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge Station was built by Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1893 including engineering by George Stephenson. The Leeds-Manchester Railway line opened in 1840 and the present station replaced the original first station. The Station is Grade II listed and it was renovated in 1997. What is unusual is to see is the historic black and white stations signs instead of the standard Metro (West Yorkshire Transportation Company) red and white signs.
It feels more of an independent station (even if it's part of the national network) but this reflects the town's personality, individualism, and uniqueness. The station has two heated waiting rooms (one on each platform) which hosts a photographic exhibitions on the railway's history in the local area in Calder Valley. The Old Parcel Office, which was a busy office in the 19th and early 20th century where parcels dispatched weekly nationwide, is now a coffee shop (with seating) (please see my
tip) and also serves as a 'pop up' bar on a weekend.
A volunteering group, Friends of Hebden Bridge Station maintains the station including the entrance and the hanging flowers baskets on the platforms and maintains a library in one of the waiting rooms on the platforms. The group is keen to promote the station and its Victorian heritage links to the town.
The public transport connections are excellent from station. Just outside the station there is a bus stop where you can get buses going into the town centre as well as rural villages up in the Pennine hills.
Widdop Reservoir is situated between Hebden Bridge and Colne in Lancashire. I walked half way round the reservoir (couldn't continue because the path and terrain were boggy) and took me approximately 1.5 hours. It was nice walking on a glorious day and the scenery around the reservoir is stunning.
Yorkshire Water advertises this as a Widdop and Gorpie Circular walk which is four miles and takes in another two reservoirs, Lower Gorpie and Upper Gorpie. You can find out further information by clicking onto this link.
During the summer it's possible to reach Widdop Reservoir by public transport from Hebden Bridge Railway Station. The 906 bus runs on a Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (usually from May to the end of September) by Community Transport Calderdale. Please check the metro website for further information including fares and schedule.
I went on a bus ride through the Old Town, a local village, up in the Pennine Hills. The views down in the valley below and across the hills were wonderful especially on a clear day. There isn't much in the way of attractions as it's mainly residential with a thriving community. It has the usual village amenities such as post office, pubs, local sport clubs and a children playground.
Whislt waiting for my bus to return to Hebden Bridge I had a drink at Hare and Hounds, a Timothy Taylor pub, and also had a wander around the vicinity taking in the views. The pub also offers bed and break accommodation. Please click on the link for further information.
In the town centre there are a number of organic, vegetarian (from the hippies movement) in the 1970s and also fair trade cafes and restuarants following that Hebden Bridge was awarded a Fairtrade zone status in July 2003.
Hedben Bridge has a small theatre and a cinema where a variety of community events are held throughout the year.
The town has a nice atmosphere in the main spots where the canal basin and the Hebden Bridge Mill are and where one can enjoy soaking in the buzz and do plenty of people watching!
The visitors can see the industrial heritage all around them with former mills and factories converted to modern use and walking along the Rochdale Canal.
Gibson Mill is in the heart of Hardcastle Craggs. It was founded by Abraham Gibson, a farmer and business man from Heptonstall. He had a thriving clothmaking business and employed local spinners and handloom weavers. Abraham Gibson inherited the business in 1790 and some land at Hardcastle Craggs. During the Industrial Revolution cloth making became big business and there was a large demand for cloth. In response to that Gibson Mill was built during the 19th Century as a cotton mill and lasted until the 1900s. To meet the demand water power was introduced and Gibson mill responded to that with its location near the river and a man made mill pond (if the river ran dry).
The cotton industry declined which resulted in the mill being closed. Since the closure of the mill, tourism was the main focus in the area and the mill became an entertainment emporium with its kitchen and tea rooms (surprise to learn there was 1st and 2nd class seating/menu arrangements!). As well as the tea rooms there was a dance hall (which declined in post World War II) and rollerskating. It was interesting to see how the estate continued being used sustainably with water power still being its main source of energy!
Young AB (the last owner) died in 1956 and passed the mill and estate to National Trust. National Trust also received extra land at Hardcastle Craggs from Lord Savile and Henry Mitchel Ingham.
During my visit (September 2012) I saw demonstrations and exhibitions by Bradford and District Guild of Handweavers Spinners and Dyers who were celebrating 30 years of the Guild. I spoke to Sonya, a member, who won the pearl competition (held as part of the celebrations). I appreciated how much hard work has been put into the finished products and can understand why many of the items are not for sale.
The estate runs an activities and events programme throughout the year including guided walks. I enjoyed having lunch at the Mill's Weaving Shed Cafe.
It was a very interesting day out and look forward to returning very soon.
Me being a National Trust the entrance fee was free of charge but it costs an adult 3.80 gbp (September 2012).
We, VTers, made our first stop to the Little Valley Brewery on the weekend's meet's first day. We were given a tour by Vim and Sue, the owners, and we had an opportunity to sample some of the beers. I particularly was impressed with their Ginger Pale Ale. We were given three bottles of beers (I chose the Ginger Pale Ale, Withens Pale Ale and Hedben's Wheat) to take home with us. I'm not a beer person but I thoroughly appreciated the quality of the ale produced.
It cost us 10.00 gbp (September 2012) for the tour including the beers.
All the beers are produced organically and is approved by the Soil Association, Fairtrade Foundation and Vegan Society.
You can learn more about the brewery and their beers via their website.
Little Valley Brewery was founded in 2005 by Wim van der Spek and Sue Cooper a really nice couple who have great pride in what they have achieved with their organic brewery.
During Ricky52’s Rushbearing meet in September 2012 we visited the brewery.
Set high in the Pennines at Cragg vale the views are breathtaking. The tour was interesting and informative and I also enjoyed the tasting at the end. We got to take home three of the bottled beers, I chose Ginger pale ale which I also tasted whilst there….delicious.
The brewery sells its beer to local shops and also has some international clients aswell as online.
For more information visit their website which gives you a greater insight into their brewing techniques.
Well if you're looking for the usual shops that you'd see in a typical town, such as Starbucks, Mc Donalds, Marks and Spencers, Boots the Chemists, Carphone Warehouse etc, you will be out of luck here! Hebden Bridge is a town of independent shops mainly, though there is a Spar, and I believe that there was a Milletts too.
There are instead lots of independent shops, the kind that I remember from my childhood, such as butchers and bakers, sweet shops, clothes shops, shoe shops etc. Hebden Bridge is noted for its' independent shops!
There are also outdoor clothing shops etc as well as many gift shops - with expensive 'gifts' - the perfumed shops, where the greetings cards and wrapping paper cost as much, or more than the gift that you were giving!
I found a vintage clothing shop, which was quite interesting to browse around, as well as a deli that stocked interesting coloured pasta (like I'd seen in Venice)as well as cheeses, cold meats, sandwiches , vinegars and oils etc.
These attractive carved stone 'bollards' are located near the sundial. They are the work of local sculptor Mike Williams.
Yes, these caused a 'ruffling of the feathers' around Hebden Bridge when they arrived,- check out the Hebden Bridge website forums if you want to see the comments!
I quite liked them, but thought that they could have been better placed away from the black metal bollards.
St Georges Square was one venue for street entertainment, during the Arts Festival (and at other times of the year). The pedestrianised square is home to this Fustian sun dial.
The base appears to be of bronze, with attractive relief work depicting mills and cottages of Hebden Bridge, along with a Fustian cutter (The large knife used to cut the bolts of cloth). I would have liked a closer look, but it wasn't too easy with the gathered crowd and choir.
An inscription states that 'Pecket Well opened in 1858, was the last working Fustian Mill in Britain manufacturing corduroy fustian cloth finally closing production relativelly recently in 1998
Along with Clough Mill and Machielah Mills the towns wealth was built on this industry'.
An 8 foot diameter dial is set into the paving. Pointing heavenwards (in search of a hint of sun?) is a stainless steel gnomon.
Well, once again, the Hebdenbridgeweb forum One of the Sun dial threads was a hive of activity in 2006, with opinions on the design, none public consultation, etc etc.....
Personally, I found it quite ironic to have a sun dial, in a place not especially noted for its sunny climes. I did like the base, and thought an enlarged version without the steel attachment would have been a more attractive and appropriate centrepiece.